The lighting was designed and specified by the London-based Metropolis Group of Companies, and manufactured in its facility in Wales, UK.
The Cartier company was founded in Paris, France in 1847. The son of the founder established the New York City branch in 1909 and moved in 1917 to 653 Fifth Avenue in 1917. Cartier acquired the mansion from previous owner in exchange for $100 in cash and a double-stranded natural pearl necklace valued at the time at $1 million.
The flagship store of the upscale jeweler, Cartier, has been decorated for the holidays with an elegant red bow and ribbons since 1979. Several years ago Cartier's best-known international trademark, the fabulous panther was added.
I pass by this corner of 52 street and 5th avenue every time I go to my office. I have a habit of having a small camera in my purse. As a result I have a set of pictures of Cartier building.